To be fair, Representative Poe didn’t actually come to Irregular Times and take the test as I had written it on the our site. He did offer an answer of a sort to the following question on the quiz, though:
Which phrase is included in the Constitution:
A. Pursuit of happiness
B. Our creator
C. Promote the general welfare
D. The rectitude of our intentions
The correct answer is C. B is not correct. There is no mention of any “creator” or “God” in the Constitution at all.
Nonetheless, Ted Poe spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this week, claiming that not just that “God” is in the Constitution, but that “God” is cited in the Constitution as the source of Americans’ rights. Poe said, “The Constitution says the things it says in plain, simple language. The Constitution is an agreement between the people and the government. It sets limits on what the government can do, not the other way around. The Constitution upholds the principle that people have God-given rights. “
In plain, simple language, does the Constitution describe in any way that people have rights given to them by any god? No. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say any such thing.
In fact, the Constitution makes it clear that no religious entity at all has the power to define Americans’ legal rights. The Constitution, in Article VI, states that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” The First Amendment states that Congress, which has the power to define through legislation the legal rights of Americans, shall pass no law concerning an establishment of religion.
If Congressman Ted Poe is going to give a speech about the Constitution of the United States of America, he ought to read it first.